Wonderful Fishing in Alphonse

An Alphonse sunrise is one of the most spectacular sightings behold as the sun rises above an endless horizon, split by a white haze of surf, sand and blue ocean. The weather was mostly stable and the tides immense with some of the lowest drops this year.

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To the extent that some coral heads that the most seasoned guides had never seen before made an appearance. The inner flats dried up completely at times which meant that the teams mostly headed off to the surf to enjoy the cool pushing tides that made the fishing exceptional.

The starting day of the week referred to as Bonefish Sunday irons out the casting kinks and fine tunes the eye for whats to come during the week.

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Father and son Michael and Chris Garbutt managed 48 bonefish between the two of them on Sunday with most the fish of a respectable size. As the days progressed and as always St Francois presented a variety of species for our guests to target.

Jared Zissu was the first of the guests to take advantage of the magnificent surf conditions and landed a Flats Slam consisting of a well-groomed moustache triggerfish, a GT and a hand full of bonefish.

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Later on in the week Jared also went on to catch his first sailfish on fly. Following on was Bruce Jackson with a fin perfect 81cm GT and Yuri Telegin with a brace GT’s just falling short of the magic one meter mark at 97cm.

Not only was the surf fishing on fire but the milkfish were out and about with both Josh Hutchins and Michael Talbot managing to hang onto their fish after a lengthy battle and many failed attempts due to hooks pulling and line parting.

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Saving the best for last, Bruce and Dmytro Stemkovskyy managed to land good size Indo-Pacific permit each that stretched the tape to well over 60cm fork length. Once again a fun and eventful week of fishing.

 

Tight lines, happy festive season from the team on Alphonse.

 

Best Regards

Keith Rose-Innes

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A Legendary Adventure

Fly anglers are a different sort as many of you know. An immediate bond is created between perfect strangers when the discussion of fly fishing comes up in conversation, which frequently does.

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I realize I’m biased on this topic but, seriously, can you imagine having an animated impassioned conversation with a perfect stranger if you were, say, a thimble collector? No offense to thimble collectors but the passion and the experiences just aren’t the same.

Evidence is found in the fly angler’s willingness to travel far and wide, crossing oceans and continents, just to have an opportunity to fly fish new water with new friends who may not even speak your language. Such is the case with Argentina, and with Andes Drifters out of San Martin de los Andes in particular.

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The trout of Argentina are legendary of course. But it’s more than this. It’s the entire adventure; the land, the history, the people. When you leave Buenos Aires and then Bariloche on your way to San Martin, you actually feel your mind and body changing pace. You’re with new friends now in a different world than the one you left back home. And it’s comfortable yet full of anticipation.

You’re fly fishing for world class brown and rainbow trout in a variety of settings. Each day is different yet tailored to your desires. Day one may be wade fishing the mouth of a river where it enters a lake. Tiny minnows are migrating from the lake to the river to spawn and huge trout are following them. It’s a feeding blitz like you’ve never seen in freshwater.

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Day two can find you on a crystal clear glacial lake carved out of the Andes eons ago. You’re fishing big attractor dry flies as the winds pick up and create enough disturbance on the surface to bring up cruising browns and rainbows looking for a meal.

The morning of your third day finds you standing at river’s edge watching a magnificently choreographed beehive of activity as the guides and support staff load rafts for an overnighter on the Collon Cura River. The camp staff will move on downstream of the anglers and have everything set up by the time you step out on land at day’s end. A gourmet meal and the famous Malbec wine await you. As you drift off to sleep, you wonder if tomorrow can possibly be as good as today. The answer; Yes, yes it can.

In all my travels, Gustavo Hiebaum and his staff at Andes Drifters are second to none. They are the friendliest, most accommodating group you’ll find and they show it in their eagerness to insure your complete satisfaction. If you want a break from fishing, they have a myriad of other activities available from hiking and biking to art galleries and sailing from which you may choose.

 

Jimmy Harris

Courtesy of Andes Drifters

The Land of Giants

The first week of the highly anticipated Cosmoledo 2016 – 17 season kicked off with a bang. The first group of guests aboard our luxurious 85ft mother ship, Lone Star, included father and son team Jeff and Ryan Monsein, Kay Jones, Matt Naber, Egor Chulanov, Stanislav Gorbounov and Nickolai Stelmach.

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With the tidal cycle moving into spring tides and a ‘super moon’ later in the week, everything looked perfect for big water movements and big fish!

As comfortable as the Lone Star is it didn’t take too much convincing to get the team onto the skiffs and racing to the hot spots.

Ryan opened his GT account with a monster of 120 cm, a giant fish by any standards. Not to be out done, Matt made the perfect cast with a NYAP that could not be refused by another giant. The ensuing tussle with a 125 cm of angry giant trevally made Matt’s day.

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Two fish over 120 cm on the opening day of the season had all the guests and guides fired up for the rest of the week. As the week progressed more and more GTs were caught with stories shared over cold beers about big fish hooked and lost and so many close encounters with the fish of a lifetime. Kay Jones managed an impressive count of GT for the week including a solid 102cm fish as well as a pair of Moustache triggerfish.

Matt continued where he started by landing a total of 17 GTs, his first ever moustache triggerfish, a dogtooth tuna along with many more species. Jeff had an impressive tally of GT, his first ever moustache triggerfish and a bus 10 lbs bonefish that made sure he ended his week in stellar form.

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A total of 84 GTs, 5 Triggerfish, numerous trophy bonefish and a host of big bluefin trevally, bohar snapper, barracuda and dogtooth tuna made for a great weeks fishing on one of the planets premier saltwater destinations.

The guide team and crew of the Lone Star could not have asked for a better start to the season and all look forward to what the rest of the season has in store for our guests.

Tight lines from the team.

Best Regards

Keith Rose-Innes